Well the white stuff is officially with us now, but does that mean it is a good or a bad time to consider roofing? Well, there are some pro’s to winter roofing like:
Roofers are Generally Less Busy than in Warmer Months
Since most roofing projects are done in the spring, summer and fall, your roofer likely will have more time available to do a roof when it’s cold. If you have a specific start and finish date you’d like for your roof replacement, you’re more likely to be able to achieve that which can be very convenient.
Taking Care of Leaks Sooner Rather than Later is Best
Winter makes leaks easy to spot. Re-roofing now ensures that another season won’t go by before those leaks are addressed and fixed.
When roofing issues are discovered in late summer or fall, I sometimes get asked if the project can wait until spring. What homeowners may not realize is that small leaks can translate to major water damage if they go unfixed. Taking care of the work immediately may be better than paying for a replacement — and a long list of additional house repairs in the spring.
Re-roofing in the winter could help you save on the cost. Roofing material manufacturers sometimes offer discounts on products sold at this time of year. Also, your roofer may offer a discount on labor as well.
Ok so there are a couple of pro’s to roofing in the winter. However that being said, remember if you do move ahead with a roof at this time of year, make sure to hire an experienced winter roofer. I say this particularly because the risks associated with climbing on top of your home are higher in the winter — ice makes shingles slippery, and the cold makes tools hard to handle. Also, materials must be installed precisely as moisture can shorten their life span.
Also that remember, we can’t predict Mother Nature, so if the weather does not cooperate right on schedule for your roof, be patient and work with your roofer to ensure the job gets done right and safely.
For all year round roofing services please contact my team at Class Eh! Roofing and we will be sure you get the job done right!
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!